Omicron Delta Kappa is successful in large part because of the dedication of its volunteers — individuals who are leaders in their own communities and remain unfailingly committed to the development of tomorrow’s leaders. The Omicron Delta Kappa Society and Educational Foundation, Inc. (the full legal name) is a 501(c)3 organization and is governed by a Board of Trustees. The funds raised by the organization support leadership development programs and provide scholarships to OΔK members. The President/CEO is a ex-officio non-voting member of the Board of Trustees.
Peter Christiaans was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa in 1993 at the University of Miami, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Master of Business Administration. Peter is the 2023-24 board chair and serves as the chair of the board’s Executive Committee. As an at-large trustee, his term on the board will conclude in June 2025.
Peter is a director at Huron Consulting, and he has over 20 years of technology and management consulting experience across health care, higher education, and financial services. Peter specializes in leading complex and highly visible client engagements, including implementations of cloud-based ERP systems. He has a wide range of consulting experience, including technical management, mergers and acquisitions, application integration, architecture, and system and business process redesign.
Prior to joining Huron, Peter worked at Deloitte, where he led the HR Transformation Workday practice in its U.S. Delivery Centers. Prior to this role, he served as a program manager in the firm’s Oracle/Technology practice.
Peter has served as a board member and Finance Committee Chair for ISACA and its associated entities (the IT Governance Institute and CMMI Institute). ISACA is a global non-profit organization with 115,000 constituents in 180 countries that focuses on the development, adoption, and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems. In this role as Finance Chair, Peter was responsible for providing oversight of the annual budgeting process, financial results and investments, and submission of recommendations to the broader Board of Directors.
Peter is active in the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow. Peter is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), and Project Management Professional (PMP). He is also a member of HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), PMI (Project Management Institute), ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives), SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), the University of Miami’s Citizens Board, and the Banking & Finance and Technology Committees in the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Peter, who is originally from Curaçao in the Dutch Caribbean, and his wife Sandra Parras (University of Miami, 1992), reside in Miami.
Michael T. Benson, the third president of Coastal Carolina University, was elected to the Omicron Delta Kappa Board of Trustees in July 2021. Mike is a 2012 initiate of the Southern Utah University Circle, which he helped to establish when he was president at that institution. Prior to his appointment at Southern Utah, Mike served as president of Snow College. His current term on the board will conclude on June 30, 2024, and he is the 2023-24 Board Chair-Elect.
Before leading Coastal Carolina, Mike served as the 13th president of Eastern Kentucky University from 2013-20 and was named president emeritus of EKU in December 2019. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the EKU Circle of O∆K. While at EKU, Mike held an appointment as professor of government. He recently served as a visiting professor in the Department of History of Science and Technology in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Mike’s latest book, Daniel Coit Gilman and the Birth of the American Research University, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2022.
Mike earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1990 with a major in political science and double minors in English and history. He is an initiate of the BYU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Mike completed his doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College) in 1995, where he was a Rotary Foundation Scholar and recipient of the Oxford Graduate Overseas Fellowship. He also earned a master’s degree cum laude in nonprofit administration in 2011 from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Father Theodore Hesburgh Founder’s Award. Mike completed a Master of Liberal Arts at Johns Hopkins University in August 2021 and was elected to the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs National Honor Society.
Mike, his wife Debi, and their family live in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Immediate Past Board Chair Sandra “Sandy” B. Thurmond is a 1987 initiate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. In addition to serving as the immediate past chair of the board, Sandy is also the chair of its Board Nominations Committee. Her current term will conclude in June 2025.
Sandy is the vice president of primary care services at Children’s of Alabama and as such is responsible for responsible for the operations and development of Children’s primary care network, Pediatric Practice Solutions (PPS), as well as for maintaining and improving relationships with pediatricians around the State of Alabama. She began working with PPS in 1995 at the time it was created, and PPS has grown to 13 offices located around Alabama which provided approximately 334,000 patient visits in 2019. Children’s of Alabama is a private, not-for-profit medical center, and it is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, and it is ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. With more than 2 million square feet, it is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States.
After completing her administrative residency at Children’s of Alabama in 1988, Sandy held administrative positions in both operations and facilities and worked with strategic planning.
Sandy is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a certified member of the Medical Group Management Association. She serves on the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and is President of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Birmingham-Southern College, is a past president of its alumni board, and she is a 2019 Distinguished Alumna. Sandy also serves on the United Way of Central Alabama’s Women United Advisory Group and is a member of the UAB Department of Health Service Administration’s Women in Healthcare Leadership Executive Council and chairs its Program Committee. Sandy received the UAB Commission on the Status of Women’s 2019 Outstanding Woman in the Community Award.
Sandy is a past president of the Alabama Healthcare Executives Forum and served three years on the National Chapters Committee of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has served on boards of the Kiwanis Club of Metropolitan Birmingham, VSA Alabama, the Alabama Healthcare Executives Forum, and the Cahawba Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Sandy is also a past president of the Alumni Association of the Graduate Programs in Health Administration at UAB and a past recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award. Sandy is a graduate of the Momentum Women’s Leadership program and of Project Corporate Leadership. She served two terms as Sr. Warden of the Vestry, is a Lay Eucharistic Minister, and is an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Sandy is an honors graduate of both Birmingham- Southern College (Bachelor of Science with a major in biology) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Master of Science with a major in health administration). She is the mother of two boys, resides in Birmingham, Alabama, and her hobbies include fitness, reading and travel.
Angelique “Angie” M. Mevorah is a 2020 initiate of the St. John’s University (SJU) Circle. She served as circle president and was a member of the Marketing Committee for the 2022 National Leadership Conference. Angie is the 2023-24 chair of the Student Advisory Board and National Student Vice Chair.
Angie is a recent graduate from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, where she completed her Bachelor of Science with a major in business and a legal studies and international studies double minor. She is currently enrolled in the Peter J. Tobin School of Business at St. John’s, where she is in an accelerated program to complete her MBA. Following her MBA, Angie hopes to attend law school. In the summer of 2022, she completed an internship with Wage Indicator Foundation, an international labor transparency research institution. Angie is also the Eastern Region fellow through Fair Trade Campaigns. Through her fellowship, she manages communications between the national level and campaigns at colleges, universities, congregations, schools, and towns.
As an undergraduate, Angie was involved in several collegiate employment opportunities at SJU, including working as a Discover New York Peer Leader and a staff member in the university’s Office of Career Services. She was also involved in many collegiate activities, including being a research assistant, serving as editor of The Torch (St. John’s student-led award-winning newspaper), human resources manager, vice president of the Animal Rights Association, budget committee application analyst chair, Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade chair, and the Fair Trade Committee’s student leader. Angie’s leadership extends past the campus level, as she volunteers her time as a tutor for the NYC area through EDUMATE, whose mission is aimed at connecting NYC in-need public school students with college students for free tutoring services.
Rebekah Lassiter is a 2022 initiate of the Wake Forest University Circle. She has served as Vice President of her University’s Circle and is the 2023-2024 National Student Vice-Chair Elect and Vice Chair of the Student Advisory Board.
Rebekah is a senior at Wake Forest University with an anticipated Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Bachelor of Science in Biology. She is a current student research assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and board member and treasurer for Gateway Nature Preserve.
She is an active volunteer and previous co-student coordinator for Wake Forest’s Campus Kitchen. Campus Kitchen combats food insecurity by preparing and delivering meals to community members. She is also the past president of Wake Forest’s Neuroscience Club and Vice President of Tri-Beta (Biology Honors Society).
Mary E. Stuart (University of Virginia, 2019) is a current student trustee for the Omicron Delta Kappa Society and Educational Foundation, Inc. Her three-year term as one of the Society’s student trustees began on July 1, 2021. In the 2022-23 academic year, she served as the Society’s National Student Vice Chair and Chair of the Student Advisory Board. She is currently the immediate past national student vice chair. Mary’s term on the board will conclude in June 2024.
Mary served as the UVA Circle president during her junior and senior years at the school. She completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English at Virginia. Mary began work on her law degree at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in the 2021 fall semester.
A native of King George, Virginia, Mary was involved in several collegiate activities at Virginia, including the College Republicans, the Virginia Riding Team, and the Frank Batten Investment Fund. As an undergraduate, she also held positions with the university’s disability access center and athletic academic affairs office. Mary was also supported numerous programs and events at the Batten School of Leadership during her time at UVA.
Jessica E. McClain is a 2005 initiate of the Towson University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. Jessica currently serves as the chief financial officer for Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. In this role, she is a senior leadership team member with strategic responsibility for finance and accounting, risk management, property, product program, retail merchandise, cybersecurity, and business operations. Jessica previously served as the controller for Brand USA, the destination marketing organization of the United States, with revenues of more than $100 million. Before joining Brand USA, Jessica spent 11 years in public accounting. She has performed financial and information technology audits for organizations such as Grant Thornton, IBM, and KPMG.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson University, Jessica earned her master’s degree in accounting from George Washington University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jessica is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor, a Certified Information Technology Professional, a Project Management Professional, and a Certified Government Financial Manager.
An active member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Jessica serves on the AICPA Foundation Board of Trustees and the AICPA Student Recruitment Committee. She is a board member of both the Maryland Association of CPAs Foundation and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs. Jessica gives back to the community as an appointed board member of Maryland 529 (formerly the Maryland College Savings Plan of Maryland). She currently serves as the chair of its Audit and Governance Committee.
Jessica resides in Maryland with her husband, and they are the proud parents of two young children. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, and cheering on the Washington Commanders.
Brian L. Hager was initiated during his final year of law school into the Alpha Circle at Washington and Lee University in 2004. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science from West Virginia University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He graduated cum laude from W&L with his J.D.
Brian is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia, office of McGuireWoods, a national law firm. His practice focuses on advising public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, securities offerings, and corporate governance matters. Brian served as an advisor to Omicron Delta Kappa in developing the Society’s current governance structure and governing documents. He was appointed O∆K’s National Counsel in 2022.
Brian volunteers with Central Virginia Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Hotline program. He also serves on the Business Law Council of the Virginia Bar Association. Brian served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Bar Association from 2018-22.
Kristen Hager, Brian’s wife, is also a 2004 initiate of the Washington and Lee University Circle. Professionally, Kristen is the co-chair of the Private Wealth Services Group at McGuireWoods. The Hagers have two middle school-age children and enjoy youth sports and travel of all kinds.
Moneque Walker-Pickett is professor and associate chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University. She is a 1994 initiate of the University of Miami Circle. Moneque holds a Bachelor of Arts with majors in sociology and Africana studies from the University of Miami. She earned her Juris Doctor (law) degree from the University of Florida and her Ph.D. in sociology, with a concentration in race and ethnic relations and criminology, from the University of Miami. Moneque’s multidisciplinary background in law and sociology guides her research interests in socio-legal scholarship exploring the intersectionality of race and ethnicity, gender, crime, and public policy.
Moneque was appointed the Society’s inaugural National Diversity Officer in 2020. Her current term on the board will conclude in June 2023.
Previously, Moneque was awarded a U.S. Presidential Management Fellowship. In this role, she was assigned to work with the Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center and the Social Security Administration’s legal division in Washington, D.C. Moneque also worked on Capitol Hill for six months as a congressional fellow. Upon completing the fellowships, she founded her own general-practice law firm. A licensed attorney for more than 20 years, Moneque brings her work experience and passion for teaching to support student success in and out of the classroom. Using collaborative teaching methods and technology, she utilizes the flipped classroom model, encouraging student participation with an active learning approach.
Moneque is an active member of the Saint Leo University Circle. On campus, she is also an advisor/co-advisor to a number of student organizations, including the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, the Black Student Union, Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, and ACJA/LAE organization. Moneque, her husband, and two sons reside in Tampa, Fla.
Michelle R. Burke is a 1997 initiate of Chi Circle at the University of South Carolina – Columbia. Throughout her higher education career, Michelle was involved as a faculty/staff member of the circles at Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, and Florida State University. She has volunteered in various capacities with the society, including faculty advisor, regional director, National Advisory Council chair, and national vice president. She is excited to return to board service as the chair of the 2023 O∆K National Leadership Conference.
Michelle is a university relations director with Mentor Collective, an organization which partners with more than 160 colleges and universities to close the higher education equity gap through mentorship. She joined Mentor Collective after more than 20 years as a student affairs professional, faculty member, and higher education consultant.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in creative writing from Florida State University. She received her Master of Arts with a major in education from the University of South Carolina – Columbia. She is a certified Human Resources professional (SHRM-CP) with the Society of Human Resources Management and is an Accredited Public Relations practitioner (APR) with the Public Relations Society of America. Michelle is also an Elite Certified Facilitator with True Colors International.
In addition to volunteer positions with several professional organizations, Michelle is a lifetime member of Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority. She is currently the financial advisor of the Epsilon Gamma chapter and is the president of the West Michigan Alumnae Chapter. She also volunteers with the ArtPrize and Festival of the Arts events in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Michelle is celebrating 30 years of marriage in 2022 to O∆K member Brett Huddleston. They enjoy exploring the beautiful parks throughout their home state of Michigan and look forward to traveling far and wide as soon as possible!
Suzanne C. Crandall is a 1999 initiate of the Chapman University (Orange, California) Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. She was president of the Chapman Circle for one year and was named Province Leader of the Year in 2000. Suzanne has significantly renewed her involvement with O∆K over the last couple of years.
Suzanne is a board-certified neurologist working for the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) in Charleston, West Virginia. Currently, she is a consulting neurologist in general and vascular neurology. Suzanne does both in and outpatient work as well as clinical neurology research. Her great interest is in cerebrovascular disease and brain injury and in the treatment and reversal of stroke and stroke prevention. Suzanne’s other clinical interest is in graduate medical education. She is currently the neurology clerkship director and the graduate medical liaison for CAMC’s internal and behavioral medicine residents, where she directs the visiting resident rotations. Suzanne is also the program director for a new neurology residency program at CAMC, which opens in Summer 2023.
In 1987, Suzanne graduated from California State University at Fullerton with her Bachelor of Arts with a major in music. In 2000, she graduated from Chapman University with degrees in exercise physiology and biology. Suzanne graduated summa cum laude in 2005 with her D.O. degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her residency through the Saint John’s Health System, a member of the Michigan State University Consortium for Medical Training, in 2009. She earned an Executive MBA degree in 2020 from the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Suzanne is currently in the middle of a Master of Education for Health Professions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
Ahead of her move to Charleston, Suzanne enjoyed volunteering through the Harvesters Community Food Network and the Operation Breakthrough organization, both in Kansas City. She is currently supporting organizations financially more than physically as the residency program gets underway. She enjoys gardening, beekeeping, reading, and food preservation when not geeking out about the brain and trying to turn all her medical student learners into neurologists.
Wesley R. Fugate, a 2001 collegiate initiate of the Centre College Circle, was elected to the Omicron Delta Kappa Board of Trustees in July 2021. He was instrumental in the revitalization of the circle at Randolph College and participated in and supported the effort to establish the circle at Wilson College in 2020. Wes is currently serving as the 20th president of Wilson College, located in Chambersburg, Pa. His current term on the board will conclude in June 2022.
Prior to his appointment at Wilson, Wes served Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., in a variety of roles including, vice president for student affairs and dean of students; vice president and chief of staff, and secretary of the Board of Trustees; and interim vice president for enrollment management. Previously, Wes served as deputy chief of staff for planning and education policy to the governor of Kentucky; director of events for a national political party’s victory efforts, where he coordinated events for the president, vice president and first lady of the United States, as well as a myriad of other high-ranking officials; adviser to the Interfraternity Council at the University of Georgia; and director of program advancement for Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program.
In addition to his membership in O∆K, West is an initiate of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. Currently, he is serving as the immediate past chair of the fraternity’s Foundation Board of Trustees and is a former member of the board of directors for the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in dramatic arts and economics at Centre College, Wes earned a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in higher education administration with an emphasis on institutional advancement. He received a doctorate in higher education from the University of Georgia. Wes is the recipient of the Alice L. Beeman Research Award in Communications and Marketing from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Fugate and his husband Cody Ward, an international education and student development professional, live in Chambersburg with their cat, Miss Scarlet, an unofficial mascot of Wilson.
Sheridan W. S. Henson is a 2008 inductee of the Cumberland University (CU) Circle. A long-serving advisor, Sheridan began his involvement as the CU circle coordinator. In this role, he initiated several improvements in circle standards and operations, contributing to the circle’s first Circle of Distinction Award, two Superior Circle recognitions, and multiple Presidential Awards of Excellence. The Cumberland University Circle was also the recipient of two Clay Grants, with the grant proposals authored by Sheridan. One of the Clay grants supported the “Celebrating Voices” program at Cumberland, coordinated by Kent Hallman (Cumberland University, 2021). This campus-wide event earned the Andristine M. Robinson Champion Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity from Omicron Delta Kappa. Sheridan was also named the recipient of the 2021 Robert Morlan and Robert L. Bishop Outstanding Circle Advisor Award.
At the national level, Sheridan has served as a member of the Membership Standards Committee, Mission Committee, and National Awards Committee. During the 2021-22 academic year, he was the chair of the National Awards Committee, notably leading its efforts to significantly improve the Circle Leader of the Year and National Leader of the Year processes. He is the 2023-24 chair of the Society’s Mission Committee.
Since 2006, Sheridan has been a part of the Cumberland University community as a staff, adjunct, or faculty member. In 2016, he formally joined the faculty as an assistant professor of leadership studies and executive director of academic support. In this role, Sheridan oversees the operations of all aspects of student academic needs outside of the classroom, including the Office of Student Success, the University Writing Center, the Office of the Chaplain, and the Office of Career Services and Internships. As an administrator, he was given the opportunity to serve as one of the primary writers for Cumberland University’s most recent accreditation review. He researched and composed the narratives for nearly a dozen different standards within the report, helping provide Cumberland with unconditional approval for accreditation.
Sheridan is also the course director for the university’s First-Year Experience course, “Foundations of Scholarship and Learning,” chair of the General Education Core Committee, and a member of several university committees, including the Senior Academic Leadership Team and the Deans Council. Apart from teaching in the first-year experience program, he also teaches conflict resolution and organizational behavior as a faculty member of the Master of Public Service Management program. Since 2016, Sheridan has also provided dissertation guidance to advisees within Trevecca University’s Doctor of Education program with its concentration in leadership and professional practice. In previous years, he has instructed in Cumberland’s Master of Business Administration program on topics including leadership theory and strategic planning. In Fall 2022, Sheridan will begin teaching the first-year seminar in the inaugural cohort of Cumberland’s honors program, where he will offer a third-year leadership course starting in 2024. Sheridan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a master’s degree from Cumberland University, and a Doctorate of Education degree from Trevecca University.
Sheridan’s volunteer service focuses on campus life and family. He is currently the faculty advisor for the Theta Prime Chapter of Kappa Sigma in which he was made a brother in 2008. Sheridan is also the faculty advisor for the Tennessee Lambda Chapter of Alpha Chi, an inductee of Pi Gamma Mu, advisor to the Student Veterans Association, former chapter advisor and charter member for the Cumberland Chapter of Gamma Beta Phi, and honorary inductee of the Cumberland chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta. Sheridan and his family are members of the Lebanon First United Methodist Church, where he serves as the cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 643 and the district training chair for the Cumberland River District of the Middle Tennessee Council, BSA.
Andrew “Andy” L. MacQueen (Rhodes College, 1986) is a principal with NewSouth Capital Management, Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee. He has been the head trader at NewSouth since he joined the firm in 1988. He was previously a fixed income analyst with First Tennessee Investment Management in Memphis. Andy’s current term on the board will conclude on June 30, 2024.
Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts with majors in economics and business administration from Rhodes in 1987. He previously served as the St. Columbia Episcopal Retreat Center’s treasurer and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Memphis Redbirds Foundation. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1991 and is a member of the CFA Society Memphis.
Andy is a third-generation member of Omicron Delta Kappa. His father, Robert MacQueen, was initiated into the Rhodes College Circle in 1960. His grandfather, Marion MacQueen, was initiated in 1930 into the Rhodes Circle. Andy is a father of two grown daughters, and he resides in Memphis.
Paula M. Marino (Auburn University, 1992) was elected to the Omicron Delta Kappa Board of Trustees in 2022. Her current term on the board will end in June 2025.
Paula began her Southern Company career in 1993 and progressed through various roles in distribution, transmission, fossil-hydro generation, and nuclear generation. She served as the assistant to the president of Southern Company Generation and managed multiple departments within Engineering and Construction Services (E&CS), including environmental and retrofit projects supporting Alabama Power. Paula also served as vice president of engineering at Southern Nuclear. She is currently a senior vice president with Southern Company.
Paula earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
Paula cultivates advancements in engineering through several entities, serving on Auburn University’s alumni engineering council and electrical engineering industrial advisory board, as well as the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) civil, construction, and environmental engineering advisory board; and participating as a founding member of Auburn’s 100 Women Strong. She served as a member of the Center for Energy Workforce Development board of directors. Paula’s contributions have been recognized throughout the industry. In addition to being named “Outstanding Alumna from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering” in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University, she is also the recipient of the Engineering Council of Birmingham (ECOB) 2012 Engineer of the Year and the 2015 Engineering Leadership Award. In 2017, Paula was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame and named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama.
Aside from her passion for the engineering industry, Paula enjoys spending time with her family and playing an active role in her church and community.
Maureen E. A. Morgan is a 1992 initiate of the Marietta College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. She joined the Board of Trustees in July 2022. Maureen’s initial term ends on June 30, 2023.
Professionally, Maureen is the senior vice president for financial analysis and planning with GfK. This company provides data and analytics to the consumer goods industry and is headquartered in German. GfK, originally established as a marketing company, has transformed itself into a technology company that analyzes market data and emerging trends. Before her work with GfK, Maureen was a finance director with the Cooney/Waters Group. Before that, she was a senior partner for finance and operations with WPP, Brouillard (JWT), and The Brand Union for 12 years.
Maureen’s local community involvements include the get-out-the-vote efforts and helping address food insecurity in the Newark area. She is also involved with the Marietta College alumni organization and occasionally speaks at career days. Maureen’s undergraduate degrees are in French and economics, and she also studied at the Sorbonne in France.
Albert D. Mosley, the 13th president of Morningside University, was elected to the Omicron Delta Kappa Board of Trustees in 2023. He is a 1993 initiate of Millsaps College. His current term on the board will conclude on June 30, 2026.
Since his arrival at Morningside in July20 22, Albert has led the university in the launching of its School of Aviation and the introduction of three new academic programs (cybersecurity, supply chain management, and public health). Additionally, under his leadership, Morningside has implemented a targeted enrollment initiative designed to reach underrepresented populations; added women’s wrestling as one of its 28 award-winning varsity sports; and debuted a rapid strategy pilot designed to allow the university to quickly pivot in response to market changes and demands.
Albert is an accomplished leader and entrepreneur who previously served as the senior vice president and chief mission integration officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (MLH), a nonprofit, comprehensive, six-hospital healthcare system based in Memphis, Tennessee. As part of the executive leadership team at MLH, he provided strategic visioning and leadership to a division with more than 350 full-time employees and a budget in excess of $50 million. While at MLH, Albert launched several transformational, community-based initiatives including a large-scale partnership with the Shelby County School System in Memphis designed to increase literacy rates. He also helped lead the Methodist Healthcare Foundation and Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach to garner more than $80 million in grants and philanthropy that helped provide resources to underserved populations and food insecure patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to serving on the O∆K Board of Trustees, Albert has also held a variety of senior leadership roles in higher education, including at the Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, Bethune-Cookman University, and Gammon Theological Seminary. Albert holds degrees from Millsaps College, Duke University, Yale University, and the University of Georgia, and serves in leadership roles for many distinguished national and international organizations.
Albert and his wife, Syreeta McTavous-Mosley, are the proud parents of four children. Their adult sons Avery and Todd reside in Memphis. Addison is a student at the University of Tennessee in Martin, and Ava-Rose is a third grader.
Tripp W. Perrin, a 2014 alumni initiate of the University of Richmond Circle, was elected to the Omicron Delta Kappa Board of Trustees in July 2021. He is currently a member of the Society’s Governance and Trusteeship Committee. Tripp’s current term on the board will conclude in June 2024.
While an undergraduate at the University of Richmond, Tripp was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and was elected vice president of the Richmond College student government association. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in with a major in leadership studies and went on to be a fellow at the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Tripp earned his Master of Business Administration from William & Mary.
Professionally, Tripp leads the Lindl Corporation in Richmond where he oversees government relations for several Fortune 500 companies and Virginia-based associations. Prior to his appointment at Lindl, Tripp served in a variety of senior level roles in the investment banking, management consulting and healthcare fields. He began his career serving in the administrations of two Virginia governors.
Tripp, his wife, and their family live in Midlothian, Va.
John T. Roberson, executive vice president of Campbell University, was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Omicron Delta Kappa Society and Educational Foundation in July 2021. His current term on the board will conclude on June 30, 2024.
John is a 2017 faculty/staff initiate of the Campbell University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. He was a leader in the effort to revitalize the CU Circle and is currently serving as the circle’s faculty advisor.
From 1989-96, John served Campbell as assistant vice president for alumni relations and assistant to the president. From 1997 to 2005, he served an executive with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. John returned to Campbell in 2005 as the vice president for marketing and planning. In 2008, he was named vice president for enrollment management and marketing and three years later was tapped to be vice president for enrollment management and assistant to the president. In 2013, John became the dean of Adult and Online Education, a position he held until 2016.
After completing his undergraduate degree at Campbell, John went on to earn his master’s degree from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his Doctor of Education degree, with a major in higher education administration, from North Carolina State University.
John and his wife Wendy live in Lillington, N.C.
Gene Siegal is a 1974 initiate of the University of Louisville Circle having been elected in his senior year of medical school. He was first appointed to Omicron Delta Kappa’s National Advisory Council in 2016 and has subsequently served on its Volunteer Engagement Task Force. Gene currently serves as a trustee-at-large, and his current term will conclude in June 2022. He is a member of the Development Committee and chairs its Major and Planned Giving Subcommittee.
Gene is the Robert W. Mowry Endowed Professor of Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and this year was named UAB Distinguished Professor of Pathology. He holds secondary appointments as a professor of Genetics, Surgery and Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology also at UAB. In the quarter of century prior to that he was the director of its Division of Anatomic Pathology, executive vice-chair of Pathology, and the interim chair of its Department of Pathology and its Department of Genetics.
He is an experimental and diagnostic musculoskeletal pathologist whose research interest for over three decades has been focused in cancer biology. Gene’s clinical research interests have centered on studies of bone tumors and related conditions, a field in which he is a recognized world authority. For many years, he served as chair of the Osteosarcoma Pathology Committee of the Pediatric Oncology Group and he continues as an expert reviewer to its successor organization, the Children’s Oncology Group in the area of pediatric bone tumors including Ewing’s sarcoma. He has just been elected the Vice-President of the International Society of Bone & Soft Tissue Pathology.
Gene also holds the rank of senior scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and multiple other centers on campus. Prior to coming to UAB, he was a faculty member at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Gene completed his undergraduate work at Adelphi University in New York, in addition to his M.D. from Louisville, he has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and holds a certificate from the University of North Carolina Flagler School of Business Administration. He completed post-graduate studies at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute (the National Institutes of Health), and the University of Minnesota. Gene is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, as well as a member of Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars, Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society, and was named an Inaugural Fellow of Sigma Xi along with multiple other honors.
He has published in excess of 700 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, abstracts and other professional writings along with multiple books. Gene is the former senior associate editor of The American Journal of Pathology, is one of the section editors for Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology for the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and is the current editor-in-chief of Laboratory Investigation.
Gene is well known for his commitment to diversity and his faculty and trainees encompass a rich spectrum of individuals of all genders, races, religious backgrounds, and ethnicities. This is all the remarkable for the fact that it was accomplished in a part of the nation and in a city which was at the heart of the struggle for civil rights. Between 2015 and 2020, he served as an Internal Advisory Board Member of the Morehead School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/UAB CCC Partnership.
Finally, he is a past president of the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, past chair of the Publications Committee of the CAP, past chair of the Fellow Council of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, and past chair of the Intersociety Pathology Council. He has served or is serving on the Executive Committees of the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology, the American Society for Investigative Pathology, the International Skeletal Society, the International Society for Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology, and the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Earlier, he shared with M.J. Pitt the Farrell Prize of the International Skeletal Society and was named the American Society of Investigative Pathology’s Robbins Distinguished Educator. In 2017, the College of American Pathologists awarded him their Lifetime Achievement award. He is currently completing his term as immediate past president of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the world’s largest professional member organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals.
Ryan L. Upshaw (University of Mississippi, 2005) is the immediate past chair of the Mission Committee and a Faculty/Staff Trustee. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in the spring of 2021. Ryan’s term on the board will conclude in June 2024.
Professionally, Ryan is the assistant dean of student life at Millsaps College. Previously, he was chief diversity officer of Jackson Preparatory School in Jackson, Mississippi. Before that, he was the assistant dean for student services in the School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi. Ryan served the Ole Miss Circle as its advisor until July 2020, and he is a 2018 recipient of the Society’s Eldridge W. Roark, Jr. Meritorious Service Award. Ryan was also a four-year member of O∆K’s National Advisory Council.
In addition to his membership in O∆K, Ryan is an initiate of Lambda Sigma Honor Society and Mortar Board. Currently, he is serving as a member of Lambda Sigma’s National Board of Directors. Upshaw also served as a chapter advisor for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at the University of Mississippi.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Ole Miss, Upshaw earned a master’s degree in higher education and student personnel administration from the school. He is currently working on completing his doctorate in educational administration at Mississippi. His involvement in community activities includes serving as board president for the United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County and as director of alumni relations for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership program.
Jim Vickrey is a 1962 collegiate initiate of the Auburn University Circle. He is the retired professor emeritus of speech communication at Troy University and the former president of the University of Montevallo. In his first year as president of Montevallo, he sought and got an O∆K circle established on campus. Jim earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in speech from Auburn, graduating first in his class and serving thereafter on the faculty. His Ph.D. in rhetoric and public address is from the Florida State University. Jim’s J.D. degree is from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University in Alabama. His current term as an at-large trustee of the Board of Trustees will conclude in June 2026.
In addition to his service at Troy and Montevallo, Jim has taught or served in administration at Auburn, the University of Alabama, Florida State, the University of South Florida, and the State University System of Florida, as assistant to the chancellor and director of public affairs. He also worked at the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, before practicing law in Montgomery. He has been a frequent contributor to scholarly and popular publications. In addition, Jim was one of the leaders who established the Auburn University Circle Endowed Fund in memory of Dean Katharine Cater.
Montressa L. Washington was first elected to the Omicron Delta Kappa Board of Trustees in July 2021. She is a 1995 initiate of the Johns Hopkins University Circle and is currently serving as an advisor to the Shenandoah University Circle. Montressa’s current term on the board will conclude in June 2024.
At Shenandoah, Montressa is the co-director of the university’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and an associate professor of management in the School of Business. She worked in management consulting for 17 years, specializing in change management, technology adoption and business transformation before transitioning into academia. Montressa teaches courses in entrepreneurship and design thinking. She holds a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) SCP certification and teaches courses in human resources at the university as well as for SHRM. She enjoys mentoring and coaching students about career choices as well as nominating high-performing students for membership in Omicron Delta Kappa.
Montressa holds a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University, a MBA in international business and marketing from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Zonta International, and Leaderships Maryland and Howard County. Montressa resides in Columbia, Md.
Courtney R. Worsham (University of South Carolina-Columbia, Chi Circle, 2008) is a Faculty/Staff Trustee and will chair the Membership Services Subcommittee of the Mission Committee. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in the spring of 2023. Courtney’s term on the board will conclude in June 2026.
Courtney earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her master’s degree from Winthrop University. In addition to being a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Courtney is an initiate of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. She has served USC for more than 20 years, including various roles in marketing for intercollegiate athletics and residence life and housing.
Courtney is the long-time faculty advisor for the Chi Circle. The circle has received Superior Circle and Circle of Distinction honors during her years as an advisor. The Chi Circle always has a significant presence at the Society’s conventions and conferences. She is the immediate past chair of the National Awards Committee.
Keith Wysocki was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa in 2004 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Keith is a governance and strategy consultant for non-profit boards. In 2021, he started his own consulting firm, Kedros Leadership, to provide retreat facilitation, governance training and assessment, and strategic planning services for healthcare organizations, fraternal associations, and other non-profits. He previously worked at The Governance Institute, a membership organization for hospitals and health systems. In that capacity, Keith moderated national conferences and traveled the country meeting with healthcare executives and trustees to help them implement board development plans.
In the community, Keith serves on the board for Launch Leadership, a Nebraska-based non-profit that puts on leadership development programs for middle and high school students. He also serves as a regional advisor for Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, working with the five chapters across Colorado and Nebraska. Keith was the 2014 recipient of Phi Delta Theta’s Chapter Advisor of the Year Award. He is also an active volunteer at his church, Grace Chapel.
Keith lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, and in his free time, he enjoys travel, running, classic movies, and cheering on the Cornhuskers.